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The Falls (1980) FotW #347


Post by Cocoa » August 23rd, 2020, 2:25 pm

Film of the Week #347: The Falls (1980)


92 BBC documentary-style shorts that record the lives of 92 victims of the VUE (Violent Unexplained Event), each with last names beginning with "Fall."

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#201(⇩68, #133) The Falls (1980)
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
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Post by OldAle1 » August 23rd, 2020, 3:56 pm

At one time this was in my top 10 of all time; I think it might have been #2 or 3, back in the late 80s/early 90s in my early cinephilia, when Greenaway was at his peak in "popularity" in the USA after the release of The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. I saw it 3 times in the cinema, the last of them very memorably in the height of summer at Chicago Filmmakers when their A/C failed. Not many people stayed for that one! I just loved the intricate tiny little stories and the way they're tied together, and Greenaway's encyclopedic obsessions are ones I've always shared in some ways. Haven't seen it in over 20 years and haven't kept up with the director over that time, not sure how I'd feel about it now but I suspect it and most of his other work prior to the mid-90s or so would still hold up as at least entertaining and different, if not as "great" as I once thought they were.

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Post by RBG » August 23rd, 2020, 8:05 pm


and i just saw it like 2 years ago :P
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Post by Knaldskalle » August 24th, 2020, 4:38 pm

I saw this a handful of years ago. I found it exhausting, its repetitiveness wore me out after about an hour. I've been told that if you pay attention that a lot of the later bits refer to the earlier bits and things are "explained" somehow, but I just couldn't maintain focus for 3 hours. I should probably watch this again. I usually really like Greenaway, but this one was just too rigorous for me.

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Post by TraverseTown » August 24th, 2020, 5:02 pm

Definitely "Advanced Tier" Greenaway. It's fun though.

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Post by Cocoa » August 24th, 2020, 6:32 pm

This is my favorite Greenaway film out of the 15 films and shorts of his that I've watched.

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